This year has been a wild one. I'm ending one job and beginning another. The day after I ended my nursing assistant position, I came down with The Evyl Cold that has been affecting many people throughout the city. Not The Evyl Flu, just its cousin, Cold. It lasted four days. Now that I'm into my fifth day of "vacation", I have some bits of clarity to focus on how my little cobblestoned path is faring.
January 7th, I received the phone call that would change my life. "We would like you to be part of our team," is what the sweet, angelic voice on the other line said in my ear. Therefore, my Journey began anew. My Self tacked on one more bit of Happy, and I continue on.
February 3rd will be my first day on the books as a RN in the hospital system I work for. While I don't actually start on the floor until February 12th, I will no longer be "just a nursing assistant" and will move up in the ranks. (Side note: there is no such thing as "just a nursing assistant". They are a huge backbone to our units and I will always understand the hard work and effort put forth by these wonderful people.)
Throughout this next year, I will be Discovering. I will be continuously learning about my new role, and renewing my knowledge on this different aspect of patient care. Five semesters of fast, hard learning about medications and assessments will flow back, yet I am still determined to provide the hands-on, gentle, patient care that I did as an assistant. My patients will always feel as if I have all the time in the world for them, and if something happens that I don't, they will be told why. Communication is a huge aspect to successful care.
There are other aspects of my life in which I need to reboot my Journey... however, right now I am choosing to focus on being successful as a new Registered Nurse on my unit. The other parts will fit in as I become accustomed to a new schedule and crew.
It's a good year to be my Self.